Museum of Science
Public Science Common



Public Science Common


Museum of Science


Boston, MA


est. 2026


Multiple Projects on the Museum Campus


Tracking LEED Gold


Civic Realm, Renovations + Additions, Featured Projects

The new Public Science Common, built within the current footprint of the Museum, will replace the existing Cahners Theater with a 10,000-square-foot, flexible, multimedia venue accommodating up to 700 people and opening to 270-degree views of the Charles River through three walls of glass. Flexible systems and technology allow for multiple programming in a single space, giving the Museum a new capacity to serve different audiences quickly and creatively and explore multiple topics.

Accompanying renovations to the Museum will include upgrades to improve accessibility and the Museum’s ability to meet its ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. The Museum anticipates construction on the Public Science Common convening space will commence in 2024, with a planned completion date in 2026.

The Public Science Common will allow us to lead the world in an exciting new direction for engaging the public with science. [The space] will be common ground for everyone interested in science and technology. It will be a place for people to bring their ideas and hopes, questions, and doubts. It will be a place where industry, academia, government, and the public can think out loud and solve problems together.

Tim Ritchie, President, Museum of Science

The renovated building will contribute to the Museum’s sustainability goals:

The renovated Public Science Forum will create a more energy efficient building in multiple ways in support of Cambridge’s net zero action plan and will include steps to a carbon-neutral MOS. The design includes high-efficiency, all-electric infrastructure, super-insulated roofs with PV array, and a new substation for reliable transition to an all-electric infrastructure. William Rawn Associates completed a Sustainability Master Plan in March 2024, providing a roadmap for the Museum to achieve operational carbon neutrality by 2035.

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